Bird of Chicago was birthed in 2012 by JT Nero and Allison Russell, both accomplished singer/songwriters with their own projects - Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl. Together there’s an unmistakable chemistry, with Nero finding a voice for his rock and roll psalms and Russell moving from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter.
They create stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture or a lost folk song recovered; a sort of new, secular gospel. On their recent Joe Henry-produced album Real Midnight, Birds of Chicago alternate moody rock swagger with the ghostliest of soundscapes. It’s a melancholy - but never shoe gazing - suite, full of wayward, joyful, lonesome voices.
The Deep Dark Woods’s lead singer and songwriter Ryan Boldt’s first solo album is comprised of 9 traditional songs from North America and the British Isles, highlighting his signature vocals and style on multiple instruments.